Shay Giles is the Director of Human Resources at Voyager Space. Prior to joining Voyager, she served as the Director of Operations and Finance at Splash Fiber and the Director of HR & Operations at the Professional Employment Group of Colorado. In these previous roles, she led benefits administration, talent acquisition, employee onboarding and training, maintained internal systems, managed financial accounts, directed office communication, and more. Shay is also an Advisory Council Member of the Women & Girls of Color Fund, part of the Women’s Foundation of Colorado.
Shay’s career started in criminal justice and business before she found her passion for human resources and helping companies develop and implement policies and procedures that cater to the art of employee relations. Shay has master’s degrees in both Business Administration and Human Resource Management, along with a PHR certification. She spends her time away from work with her five amazing children and husband. They love sports, food, and all things Disney.
General William Shelton has served as a member of our board of directors since October 2019. General Shelton retired as Commander, Air Force Space Command, in September 2014. During his career, he commanded space operations units at every level and held staff positions in a wide range of Air Force and Department of Defense organizations. He also commanded all Department of Defense space operations during internationally significant events such as the Chinese anti-satellite test and the North Korean Taepo Dong launch.
He is the former Chairman of the Board of Directors for the Space Foundation serving on the board from March 2015-2019, and serving as the Chairman from 2017-2019. He is a member of the Board of Directors for Airbus Defense and Space, Inc., serving since February 2015, and serving on the Colorado Thirty Group Board of Trustees since January 2015 and serving as Chairman since July, 2020. He also served on the PredaSAR Corporation Board from March 2020, until the board was dissolved in March 2021. General Shelton served as a board member of the Board of Trustees for the Aerospace Corporation from March 2015 to December 2019, where he served on the Governance and Nominating Committee from January 2018 to December 2019, the Compensation Committee from January 2018 to December 2019 and the Audit Committee from March 2015 to January 2018. He served as Vice Chairman of that board from January 2018 to December 2019.
General Shelton earned a Bachelor of Science in astronautical engineering from the United States Air Force Academy in 1976, a Master of Science in astronautical engineering from the Air Force Institute of Technology in 1980, and a Master of Science in national security studies from the National War College in 1995. We believe that General Shelton is qualified to serve on our board of directors due to his significant leadership experience and extensive experience in space operations and policy.
Marian Joh has served as a member of our board of directors since February 2021. Ms. Joh co-founded Andrews Space, a leading aerospace prime contractor and small satellite manufacturer, in 1999 and has served as its President and Chief Executive Officer. Ms. Joh served as Director of Spaceflight Industries from July 2013 to September 2018.
Ms. Joh has served on the board for multiple organizations, including the Seattle Academy of Arts and Sciences since June 2018, and The Evergreen School from June 2008 to June 2014. Previously, Ms. Joh served in executive and financial leadership roles at Tornado Development from July 1999 to June 2002, Scheinrock Advisory Group from October 1996 to June 1999, and Kistler Aerospace Corporation from May 1995 to September 1996.
Ms. Joh holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Accounting and Economics, which she received in 1992. We believe that Ms. Joh is qualified to serve on our board of directors due to her background leading major space organizations as they develop and build their infrastructure through rapid growth phases. Additionally, Ms. Joh has led and been involved with raising over $500M of capital, ranging from complex equity investment structures to asset-based debt.
Dr. Alan Stern has served as a member of our board of directors since October 2019. Dr. Stern has been the Chief Exploration Officer of World View Enterprises since April 2021 and has also served as Chief Scientist there from December 2014. Dr. Stern was also the founder of The Golden Spike Company and has served as the Chief Executive Officer from September 2010 until the company’s closure in 2017. Since April 2008, he has run his own aerospace consulting practice and has over 30 years of experience in space instrument development, with a concentration in ultraviolet technologies.
Dr. Stern formerly served as in Washington, DC as NASA’s chief of all space and Earth science programs, directing a $4.4 billion organization with 93 separate flight missions and a program of over 3,000 research grants. He has led 14 NASA missions/flight experiments including NASA’s $880 million New Horizons mission that successfully explored the Pluto system and is now exploring the Kuiper Belt, the farthest exploration in the history of humankind. He previously served as Associate Vice President and Special Assistant to the President at the Southwest Research Institute since February 2009, the Director of the Florida Space Institute from September 2011 to January 2013, and Chief Scientist and Mission Architect for Moon Express from September 2010 to February 2013. He has served as a board member of KinetX Corp. since May 2021 and served as a board member of the Challenger Center for Space Science Education from 2008 to 2012, an advisory board member of Lowell Observatory from 2018 to the present, as a founder of Uwingu, LLC and on the board of directors of Paragon Space Development Corp. from February 2012 to December 2014 and as Board Chairman of the Commercial Space Federation from September 2016 to September 2018. In 2018, he was named by the Trump Administration to a six-year term on the U.S. National Science Board.
Dr. Stern has a Bachelor of Science degree in Physics, a Bachelor of Art degree in Astronomy, and Masters of Science degrees in aerospace engineering and planetary atmospheres from the University of Texas at Austin, which he received in 1980 and 1981, respectively. He received his doctorate degree in astrophysics and planetary science in 1989 from the University of Colorado. We believe that Dr. Stern is qualified to serve on our board of directors due to his extensive background in space program management.
Dr. Cheryl Shavers has served as a member of our board of directors since October 2019. Dr. Shavers has served as the Chief Executive Officer of Global Smarts, Inc., an advisory services and strategy firm since February 2001. She has served on the board of directors of, Knowles Corporation (NYSE: KN), an advanced micro-acoustic, audio processing provider, since August 2017 serving as a member of Audit Committee from August 2017 to May 2019, as a member of the Compensation Committee since May 2019; she has served on the Nominating and Governance Committee since August 2017 and was appointed Chair of the Nominating and Governance Committee in October 2021. She also has served on the board of directors ITT (NYSE: ITT), a manufacturer of specialty components for the aerospace, transportation, energy and industrial markets, since October 2018, where she has been a member of the Compensation Committee since May 2019 and a member of the Nominating and Governance Committee since October 2018. She has served on the board of directors of the Air Force Academy Foundation, a major gifts organization for United States Air Force Academy (USAFA) since April 2019 and has been a board trustee on the Falcon Foundation, a scholarship granting institution for USAFA admissions since April 2019.
Dr. Shavers formerly served on the boards of Rockwell Collins (NYSE:COL), from September 2001 until its acquisition by United Technologies Corporation (NYSE:UTX) in November 2018, where she served as the Chairman of the Technology & Cybersecurity Committee from February 2008 to December 2018; ATMI (NASDAQ: ATMI), a semiconductor materials company acquired by Entegris (NASDAQ: ENTG) from March 2006 to April 20014 where she served as a member of the Audit Committee from March 2006 to April 2014; and Mentor Graphics (NASDAQ: MENT), an electronic design automation software company acquired by Siemens Corporation (ETR: SIEGY), from June 2016 to March 2017, where she served as a member of the Audit Committee from June 2016 to March 2017. She is also a former member on the Advisory Board for E.W. Scripps, a print and electronic media company, from May 2008 to June 2011. Additionally, she served as a Dean’s Distinguished Executive Professor at the Leavey School of Business at Santa Clara University from September 2001 to April 2011.
Previously, Dr. Shavers served in the Clinton Administration as Under Secretary of Commerce for Technology at the Department of Commerce from August 1999 to January 2001. In this role, Dr. Shavers oversaw the Commerce Department’s Technology Administration and the Office of Technology Policy, as well as the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), the National Technical Information Service and the Office of Space Commercialization. Additionally, she served as the Department of Commerce’s representative to the National Science and Technology Council’s Committee on National Security from August 1999 to January 2001, the Committee on International Science, Engineering & Technology and the Committee on Technology from August 1999 to January 2001, as well as coordinated the Clinton Administration’s Partnership for a New Generation of Vehicles program from August 1999 to January 2001. Internationally, Dr. Shavers served as a member of the U.S.-Israel Science and Technology Commission (USISTC) from August 1999 to January 2001 is a former member of the Board of Directors of the U.S.-Israel Science & Technology Foundation, a position she held from August 1999 to January 2001, the former Co-Chair of the Technology Subcommittee under the U.S.-Egypt Partnership for Economic Development, a position she held from August 1999 to January 2001, and was a frequently invited participant on the U.S.-South Africa Science & Technology Committee, the U.S.-Russia Science & Technology Committee, the U.S.-China Joint Management Committee and the U.S.-Japan Joint High-Level Committee. She is also a practicing registered Patent Agent with the Patent & Trademark Office of the Department of Commerce.
Dr. Shavers holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry and a Ph.D. in Solid State Chemistry, both from Arizona State University in 1981, and an Honorary Master’s degree in Engineering Management from California Polytechnic State University, which she received in 1991. We believe that Dr. Shavers is qualified to serve on our board of directors due to her extensive experience leading private companies and public entities; overseeing international equity investments and acquisitions and serving on federal committees related to national security, international science and commercial space.
Gabe Finke has served as a member of our board of directors since October 2019. Mr. Finke currently serves as Chief Executive Officer and Chief Investment Officer at Ascentris, LLC, a real estate private equity firm he co-founded in July 2010. From July 2003 until November 2015, Mr. Finke was the Chief Executive Officer and Chief Investment Officer of Amstar Advisers, the previous name of Ascentris, and Amstar Group.
Prior to Ascentris, Mr. Finke was a Principal at The Carlyle Group from January 1999 until June 2003, and Senior Vice President of Prologis from July 1994 to December 1998, where he was head of European real estate development. Mr. Finke served on the Georgia Tech Advisory Board from July 2014 until June 2020. He also served as a Board Member of the Association of Foreign Investors in Real Estate from September 2005 to September 2007, and again from September 2011 to September 2013, and the Harvard Business School Real Estate Alumni Association from August 2010 until August 2013, as well as a past Co-Chair of the annual Pension Real Estate Association Spring Conference in 2014, and a past member of Young Presidents Organization from November 2008 until June 2016.
Mr. Finke graduated with Highest Honors in Mechanical Engineering from Georgia Institute of Technology in 1988 and earned an MBA from Harvard Business School in 1994. We believe that Mr. Finke is qualified to serve on our board of directors due to his strong background in management and entrepreneurship.
Ellen Lord has served as a member of our board of directors since March 2021. In January 2021, Ms. Lord founded EML Enterprises, LLC providing advisory services that leverage her industry and government experience. Ms. Lord served as the first Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition and Sustainment, leading the Department of Defense’s personnel, policy and processes for acquisition of products and services, lifecycle sustainment and the security and resiliency of the defense industrial base from August 2017 to January 2021.
Prior to her government appointment, Ms. Lord was President and Chief Executive Officer of Textron Systems, a subsidiary of Textron Corporation beginning in October 2012 where she led a broad range of products and services supporting defense, homeland security, aerospace, infrastructure protection, and customers around the world. She also served as Senior Vice President & General Manager from January 2011 to October 2012. She is the former Vice Chairman of the National Defense Industrial Association, which served on from 2012 until 2017 and served as Director of the U.S. – India Business Council from 2013 until 2017. Additionally, Ms. Lord served on the Task Force providing guidance for the Center for a New American Security (CNAS) “Future Foundry: Forging New Industries for Defense” project from April 2016 to December 2016, which was formed to examine key technological trends and challenges facing the global defense industry. Ellen also served as a Trustee on the Board of the U.S. Naval Institute Foundation. Ms. Lord has served on the board of AAR Corp since April 2021, as Advisory Board Chair and Strategic Advisor for Exiger LLC since March 2021, as Senior Advisor of The Chertoff Group since March 2021, as board member of the Dell Federal Advisory Board since February 2021, as Senior Fellow at the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory Fellow since April 2021, as a Senior Advisor for the Boston Consulting Group since March 2021 and as Senior Advisor at Viasat Government Systems from March 2021 until the advisory council was disbanded in September 2021.
Ms. Lord has a Master of Science degree in Chemistry from the University of New Hampshire, which she received in 1983 and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Chemistry from Connecticut College, which she received in 1981. We believe that Ms. Lord is qualified to serve on our board of directors due to her extensive experience in defense acquisitions.